Readings with friends (of friends) is a nano initiative
that took place for the first time in January 2020 in
Amsterdam and it hopes to spread in more places.
Reading with friends (of friends) is a self-organised
reading club that wishes to create moments
of commoning knowledge starting from the
performative act of reading together out loud. It is
only during the reading session that the text acquires
a body and when shared by multiple voices it gets
repeated, discussed, amplified until it becomes a spell.
*The initiative came about prior to the pandemic
and out of the necessity of a group of precarious
and overworked art workers who lacked the time to
meet their friends and make new ones. The reading
sessions usually take place in the domestic sphere,
are accompanied by snacks and drinks and are spread
by word of mouth and sometimes via a mailing list.

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